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    A realist epistemic utopia? Epistemic practices in a climate camp
    with Justo Serrano Zamora
    Journal of Social Philosophy. forthcoming.
    Journal of Social Philosophy, EarlyView.
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    The legitimacy of putting public activities – such as providing education and welfare, but also running prisons or providing military services – into the hands of private companies is hotly contest...
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    Algorithmisches Entscheiden, Ambiguitätstoleranz und die Frage nach dem Sinn
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 69 (2): 197-213. 2021.
    In more and more contexts, human decision-making is replaced by algorithmic decision-making. While promising to deliver efficient and objective decisions, algorithmic decision systems have specific weaknesses, some of which are particularly dangerous if data are collected and processed by profit-oriented companies. In this paper, I focus on two problems that are at the root of the logic of algorithmic decision-making: tolerance for ambiguity, and instantiations of Campbell’s law, i. e. of indica…Read more
  •  31
    Making Power Explicit
    with Rutger Claassen
    Social Theory and Practice 47 (2): 221-246. 2021.
    In this paper we argue that liberal-egalitarian theorists of justice should take power, especially economic power, seriously and make it explicit. We argue that many theories of justice have left power implicit, relying on what we call the “primacy of politics” model as a background assumption. However, this model does not suffice to capture the power relations of today’s globalized world, in which the power of nation states has been reduced and material inequality has sky-rocketed. We suggest r…Read more
  •  6
    Shared Standards Versus Competitive Pressures in Journalism
    Journal of Applied Philosophy. forthcoming.
    Journal of Applied Philosophy, EarlyView.
  •  6
    This essay is part of a dossier on Cristina Lafont's book Democracy without Shortcuts.
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    In this article, we propose the Fair Priority Model for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and emphasize three fundamental values we believe should be considered when distributing a COVID-19 vaccine among countries: Benefiting people and limiting harm, prioritizing the disadvantaged, and equal moral concern for all individuals. The Priority Model addresses these values by focusing on mitigating three types of harms caused by COVID-19: death and permanent organ damage, indirect health consequences, s…Read more
  •  12
    Lying, Misleading, and the Argument from Cultural Slopes
    Res Publica 27 (1): 77-93. 2021.
    This paper discusses a novel kind of argument for assessing the moral significance of acts of lying and misleading. It is based on considerations about valuable social norms that might be eroded by these actions, because these actions function as signals. Given that social norms can play an important role in supporting morality, individuals have a responsibility to preserve such norms and to prevent ‘cultural slopes’ that erode them. Depending on whether there are norms against lying, misleading…Read more
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    Gestörte Philosophie, störende Philosophie? Populismus, Philosophie, und die Reflexivität der Störung
    In Emmanuel Alloa, Michael G. Festl, Federica Gregoratto & Thomas Telios (eds.), Quertreiber des Denkens: Dieter Thomä - Werk Und Wirken, Transcript Verlag. pp. 133-142. 2019.
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    Citizens' Autonomy and Corporate Cultural Power
    Journal of Social Philosophy 51 (2): 205-230. 2020.
    Journal of Social Philosophy, EarlyView.
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    The paper develops a responsibility-based account of professional ethics in banking. From this perspective, bankers have duties not only toward clients—the traditional focus of professional ethics—but also regarding the prevention of systemic harms to whole societies. When trying to fulfill these duties, bankers have to meet three challenges: epistemic challenges, motivational challenges, and a coordination challenge. These challenges can best be met by a combination of regulation and ethics tha…Read more
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    Workplace democracy—The recent debate
    with Roberto Frega and Christian Neuhäuser
    Philosophy Compass 14 (4). 2019.
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    Why economic agency matters: An account of structural domination in the economic realm
    with Rutger Claassen
    European Journal of Political Theory 20 (3): 465-485. 2019.
    Authors like Iris Young and Philip Pettit have come up with proposals for theorizing ‘structural injustice’ and social relations marred by ‘domination’. These authors provide conceptual tools for f...
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    Just Wages in Which Markets?
    Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 11 (2): 105-123. 2018.
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    Global Trade with an Epistemic Upgrade
    Moral Philosophy and Politics 5 (2): 257-279. 2018.
    This paper takes a social epistemology perspective on markets in general and trade deals in particular. Normatively, it is based on considerations of democratic accountability and contestation. Empirically, it is based on the assumption that all markets are embedded in institutional frameworks. Knowledge plays an important role in the institutional framework of markets: it matters both at the level of content – which knowledge has to be processed in what way, according to the market rules? – and…Read more
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    Realismus statt Sonntagsreden
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 66 (3): 383-386. 2018.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie Jahrgang: 66 Heft: 3 Seiten: 383-386.
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    This paper discusses the phenomenon of misleading about “the game you are in.” Individuals who mislead others in this way draw on the fact that we rely on social norms for regulating the levels of alertness, openness, and trust we use in different epistemic situations. By pretending to be in a certain game with a certain epistemic situation, they can entice others to reveal information or to exhibit low levels of alertness, thereby acting against their own interests. I delineate this phenomenon …Read more
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    Wer sind wir, wenn wir arbeiten? Soziale Identität im Markt bei Smith und Hegel
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 59 (6): 835-852. 2011.
    This article examines the ways in which Adam Smith and G. W. F Hegel conceptualize the identity of workers in a market economy. Although both see human beings as shaped in and through social rela- tionships, the relation between the worker and his work is seen in different ways. For Smith, workers “have” human capital, while for Hegel workers “are” brewers, butchers or bakers;; their profession is part of their identity. This conceptual difference, which is reflected in different “varieties of c…Read more
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    Ideal and Non‐ideal Theory and the Problem of Knowledge
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (4): 271-288. 2012.
    This article analyses a hitherto neglected problem at the transition from ideal to non‐ideal theory: the problem of knowledge. Ideal theories often make idealising assumptions about the availability of knowledge, for example knowledge of social scientific facts. This can lead to problems when this knowledge turns out not to be available at the non‐ideal level. Knowledge can be unavailable in a number of ways: in principle, for practical reasons, or because there are normative reasons not to use …Read more